Programs

Parents of the Panhandle Information Network (POPIN)

This program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), services the Panhandle of Florida from Escambia to Alachua County, (Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Calhoun, Gulf, Bay, Washington, Jackson, Liberty, Holmes, Franklin, Wakula, Gadsden, Leon, Jefferson, Taylor, Madison, Hamilton, Dixie, Suwannee, Lafayette, Gilchrist, Columbia, Baker, Levy , Alachua, Union, Bradford, Nassau, Duval, St. John’s, Clay, Putnum, Flagler, Marion, Volusia), as the Parent Training and Information (PTI) for Region 1 of Florida.

Parent Support Network (PSN)

This program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), is the Parent Training Information (PTI) center for the Central and Northeast of Florida, (Brevard, Citrus, De Soto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Manatee, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Lucie, and Sumter). These PTI services help to ensure that parents of children with the full range of disabilities have the training and information they need to prepare their children for not only school, but to be able to lead productive, independent lives to the fullest extent possible

Parent Education Network (PEN)

This program, funded by the U.S Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), provides PTI services to the nine most southern counties in the state. (Collier, Hendry, Glades, Charlotte, Martin, Broward, Miami-Dade, Lee, Palm Beach, and Monroe). The Parents of the Panhandle Information Network and the Parent Education Network offer free help and information to families in Florida of students with disabilities and the professionals that serve them. The main focus is on the educational needs of students with disabilities.

Parents Educating Parents in the Community (PEP)

The PEP Project is unique and different. Since 1993, PEP has provided information, training, and support to parents of children with disabilities in isolated, rural areas of Florida. These areas include: Collier, Hendry, Glades, and Lee Counties.

Family STAR

This program assists families of Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) and professionals to make informed decisions about health care through support, training, assistance and resources. We help families to be effective partners in the health care decision making process at all levels.

Special Needs Trusts

Family Network on Disabilities provides comprehensive special needs trust services, including service as a trustee, co-trustee, or trust administrator. We handle all types of special needs trusts, including pooled trusts. Family Network serves as trustee for the Family Network on Disabilities National Pooled Trust, proudly serving persons with disabilities since 1999. We also serve as administrators for several other pooled trusts, including FND’s Family Pooled Fund of third party trusts, as well as many individual special needs trusts.

The Jan La Belle Scholarship Program

was established in 2009 to provide a financial resource to individuals with disabilities who desire to pursue their personal and career goals through attendance at a postsecondary institution.

Parent to Parent

The purpose of a Parent to Parent matching program is to match trained parents who are experiencing a time of crisis or are seeking resources and information.

Dadvocates

Involving fathers in the lives of their children with disabilities.

Youth Advocacy

Youth Advocacy is a statewide project that targets youth and young adults with disabilities, ages 14 to 22, receiving special education and related services. Youth Advocacy activities are designed to enable individuals with disabilities and their families to participate more effectively with professionals in meeting the vocational, independent living, and rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities.

Sharing the Commitment

Sharing the Commitment is a partnership between local County Exceptional Student Education Departments and Family Network on Disabilities (FND) to provide information, training and support to educators, parents, and agencies on services and programs for students with disabilities. Sharing the Commitment sponsors workshops for all persons interested in services for students with disabilities.